Apollo and Daphne, after Lorenzo Bernini’s Marble Group in the Galleria Borghese, Rome, Jean-Etienne Liotard, 1736

Apollo and Daphne, after Lorenzo Bernini’s Marble Group in the Galleria Borghese, Rome, Jean-Etienne Liotard, 1736

pastel on paper, h 66.2cm × w 51.2cm × w 8.6kg More details

Liotard has here copied another famous marble sculpture. As well as providing a landscape and stormy sky, he has added the river god Peneus, who changed the nymph into a laurel tree to prevent her being ravished by Apollo. Liotard’s attempts to animate marble sculptures are an idiosyncratic contribution to the paragone, the long-running debate as to the relative superiority of painting and sculpture.

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